History of Bureau County, IL 1885
Tampico Area Historical Society
NEAL McARTHUR, Wyanet, was born in Argyleshire, Campbelltown, Scotland, in 1820. He is a son of Daniel and Flora McARTHUR. His father died in Scotland, but his mother, two brothers and three sisters came to this country. One brother, James, lives in Kansas, the other, David, in Missouri; the sisters reside in this county. Neal McARTHUR, our subject, came to America in 1839. For about one year he lived at Ottawa, Ill., then came to Bureau County and has since made his home here. When he first started in this county he had nothing, b but through his own industry he now owns the farm on which he resides, consisting of 326 1/2 acres, lying in Wyanet and Princeton Townships. He was married December 18, 1846, to Ruth GALER, a sister of A. T. GALER (see sketch). She was the mother of seven children, five of whom are living; David, born January 17, 1848; Amzy, born December 17, 1850; Adam, born November 6, 1858; Daniel, born November 18, 1855; Agnes, born May 6, 1858. Mr. McARTHUR having lost his first wife, was married again May 6, 1862, to Eva Mary WERZ. She has one child living, Laura, born March 11, 1870. In politics Mr. McARTHUR is a Republican. He is a member of the Protestant Methodist Church of Princeton. O this family David lives in Griswold, Cass Co., Iowa, and all the others live at home on the old farm. All the sons are married. Amzy McARTHUR was married October 16, 1879, to Celia A. THOMPSON, born in Morgan County, Ohio, August 27, 1860. She is a daughter of John and Sarah (McDANIELS) THOMPSON. The mother is dead, but the father is still a resident of this county. Amzy was reared on the farm, and attended the schools in the country and also at Princeton. He is a Republican in politics.